Moscow annexes Ukraine’s four regions; US imposes fresh sanctions on Russia

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Kathmandu, October 1. US President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday imposed new sanctions against Russia.

The sanctions were announced a few hours after Moscow recognized four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia as Russia’s sovereign territory.

Biden said in his statement, “I urge all members of the international community to reject Russia’s illegal attempts at annexation and to stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes… we will continue to provide Ukraine with the equipment it needs to defend itself.”

The new sanctions target a number of front businesses established this year to assist Russian military suppliers in evading the restrictions they had already been subjected to. 

Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that Ukraine would get an additional round of security assistance worth 1.1 billion dollars. Media reports suggest that President Biden is seeking to sign legislation from Congress that will give Ukraine an additional 12 billion dollars in aid.

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